David Lidington, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office spent the day at Heywood based social enterprise PossAbilities.
After the collapse of Carillion, the Minister is mounting a campaign to rebuild confidence in government outsourcing and aims to increase the proportion of government contracts awarded to small and medium enterprises.
A big theme for future procurement will be to encourage more businesses to focus on adding social value. PossAbilities, which has doubled in size since its inception in 2014, is being held up as a prime example of how be successful whilst making life better for people and improving the places where they work.
The Minister toured the Cherwell Wellbeing Garden & Farm, the Flower Lounge Florists and The Social Lounge, which is a place where people with learning disabilities can drop into 364 days a year.
Rachel Law, Chief Executive of PossAbilities said “It’s great that we are getting a national profile for our work supporting vulnerable adults. It’s further recognition of the fantastic work that our staff are doing. It shows that we are a great place to work, and the message to anyone who likes the idea of working in social care is to come and join us, we are always looking for good people”.